vCenter 6.0 Availability Guide Out; KB Detailing FT Support Published

The Availability Guide has now been published. Everything you need to know about options for vSphere and the PSC,

And KB 1024051 details our support statement around FT and other high availability options.

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More on the PSC Embedded vs. External Decision: Deprecated Topologies

See this VMware KB article:  List of recommended topologies for VMware vSphere 6.0.x (2108548). Pay particular attention to the deprecated topologies:

It further reinforces my recommendation that unless you have a very, very tiny corner case, your Platform Services Controller (PSC) should be external.

vSphere 6 Architecture Design Tips

Good starting point as you consider your move to vSphere 6:  Top 5 Tips When Considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere 6.0.

For example

Choosing which type of deployment to use is critical. Once you’ve started building the environment, the model will be difficult to change and configuration limits could impact the scalability of your environment.

This is super-important and is one of the first decisions to be made when upgrading. Don’t just click…click…Next without fully understanding the ramifications of your choice here. More details are in the link.

Network I/O Control Slides from Performance Best Practices

vSphere 5 Performance BP – Net Specific Slides

One of my customers is investigating best practices for combining network traffic types on a 10Gb link, since obviously having 1 NIC per traffic type (vMotion, Management, FCoE, iSCSI, etc.) isn’t feasible. These slides were pulled from a vSphere 5.0 deck that VMware’s Technical Marketing put together. If I find more detailed slides I’ll update the post.